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After the Summit: Down to Earth

By: Tewodros Melesse, International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF); Originally posted on RH Reality Check

On the day of the London Summit on Family Planning, I left the hall a little late. The seats were already stacked away, the stage was bare, the screens had gone, most of the delegates had departed, and the cleaners were sweeping up discarded order papers and agendas. It might have never happened. Read more...

AIDS 2012 Satellite Session – Advancing the Integration of HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health

By: Lindsay Menard-Freeman, Women Deliver

Women Deliver and the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) convened a prestigious panel last Wednesday during the 19th International AIDS Conference, held in Washington DC from July 22-27, 2012. The goal of the satellite session was to spur an interactive dialogue about the links between HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) programs, services and policies.

The discussion opened with video remarks from Ms. Michelle Bachelet of UN Women about the need to enhance programs, technology and policies in order to meet women's needs. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Iran’s Family Planning Success Story

By: Harshi Hettige, Women Deliver

Iran’s family planning program has been lauded as an ‘Iranian Miracle’ and modeled around the world, including here in the US. It holds the record for the largest and fastest decline in fertility ever. The total fertility rate (TFR) dropped from 6 children per woman in the mid-1980s to 2.1 children per woman in 2000. This greatly exceeded expectations; the TFR in 2000 was less than half of what had been planned for 2011. "It confounded all conventional wisdom that it could happen in one of the world's few Islamic republics," said Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi, a demographer at the University of Tehran. Read more...

Women Need More Help In AIDS Battle, Experts Say

By Lauran Neergaard; Originally posted on The Huffington Post

Tackling the female side of the AIDS epidemic means going far beyond today's global focus on pregnant women, specialists told the world's largest AIDS meeting Wednesday.

Already women make up half the world's HIV infections. Adolescent girls are at particular risk in the hardest-hit parts of the world, and protecting them requires addressing the poverty, violence and discrimination that too many women experience around the world, said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Geeta Rao Gupta. Read more...

IAC 2012 – Youth Pre-Conference Report

By: Lindsay Menard-Freeman, Women Deliver

Last week, the Washington DC YouthForce convened nearly 200 young people prior to the International AIDS Conference. Participants gathered at Gallaudet University from July 18 – 20 with hopes of meeting new people, sharpening skills and preparing for meaningful youth participation during the conference.

At the end of three days of workshops, plenaries, trainings, sessions, video screenings, home-group meetings, pizza parties, music & dance events and more, there were several positive outcomes and key highlights. Not only are young participants now geared up for the week, prepared with technical skills, new relationships and energy; they also developed a crowd-sourced Declaration for Change in its final editing stages by the time the pre-conference ended. Read more...

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